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July 15, 2009
For Immediate Release
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Lara Haskins Grants & eMarketing Manager
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Baltimore Clayworks Awarded National Endowment for the Arts American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Stimulus Grant

Baltimore, Maryland- Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the organization $25,000 to help support the role of the Exhibitions Director, whose position is critical to the mission and future of the organization. Baltimore Clayworks is one of the 631 national and 10 state recipients of the NEA’s highly competitive Arts American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants; it is the only ceramic arts organization in the nation to receive this award.

Late spring 2009, in response to the painful decline in philanthropic support, the NEA announced that it was offering one time direct grants to non-profits nationally as part of the $29.775 million federal economic stimulus package. The stimulus grants, as stated by the NEA on their website, are meant to be an investment in our nation’s non-profits and are intended for projects that focus the perseveration of jobs in the arts.

During its 29 year history, Clayworks has built a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artist support and local community engagement. Today, the organization serves a worldwide network of professional ceramic artists and serves the broad and diverse communities of Baltimore with four program areas: Artists’ Residencies, Exhibitions, Education, and Community Arts.

Since Clayworks’ inception, exhibitions and related workshops have been a core program led by a highly qualified artist. In 1986, the organization moved from showing local potters to showcasing national and international artists. In 1999, Clayworks was given an historic building that was converted into a suite of seven galleries which needed a staff member who could devote intentional focus on this program. Today, the Exhibitions Director plans exhibitions on a two-year, invites artists and curators, develops workshops tied to exhibitions, manages marketing, installation, cataloguing and a team of interns and volunteers.

At Clayworks, exhibitions are aspirations made tangible. Students, collectors, artists and appreciators benefit from the array of work presented. Former residents seed the ceramic departments of many colleges and universities in Baltimore and Washington. They incorporate Clayworks’ exhibitions in their curricula by requiring student visits and reports. Clayworks hosts free tours to groups of all sizes who are interested in witnessing the best in ceramics in the region. Without exhibitions of quality, Clayworks would never have been able to build an artistic community of relevance and influence well beyond Baltimore.